NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Activist and philanthropist David Banner spoke to students at Tennessee State University Thursday night and urged them to give back to their school and community.
Banner, who is also a rapper, Grammy Award-winning producer and business owner, met with TSU President Glenda Glover before speaking to students in Poag Auditorium as part of a lecture series for Black History Month.
Whether they’re in-state or out-of-state, Banner told the students that they have a responsibility to the university and the community, to help pave the way for others.
“What are you doing for your community?” he asked. “Always try to find a way to give something back.”
A veteran rapper with nearly two decades of experience, Banner has made a name for himself as a successful hip-hop producer. Aside from his own work, he’s put his stamp on songs for T.I., Jill Scott, Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo and more. His latest album, “The God Box,” was released in 2017.
Banner has also starred in several movies, including “This Christmas,” “The Butler,” and “Ride Along.”
But these days, the Southern University graduate spends much of his time running his business, a full service music and production agency, and lecturing to students at high schools and colleges across the country.
TSU student Jeremy Miller was at the event Thursday and said Banner inspired him “to give back.”
“I’m the first male in my family to go to college,” said Miller of Columbia, Tennessee. “So, if someone wants to go that route, I want to help them; I want to help them be successful. By helping just one person, that helps the community as a whole.”
To see more events at TSU during Black History Month, visit http://www.tnstate.edu/pr/documents/bhm2019v2.pdf.
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